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Turtle Island Restoration Network
9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
DescriptionTurtle Island Restoration Network is a nonprofit environmental organization based in Marin County, California. Turtle Island carries out three initiatives: the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, and the Got Mercury Campaign.
TIRN and its suite of marine restoration programs work to protect endangered marine species, save critical ecosystems, improve consumer choices, encourage government action and inspire corporate responsibility, all to protect marine wildlife and the wild oceans we all rely upon.
Turtle Island Restoration Network’s mission is to mobilize people in local communities around the world to protect marine wildlife and the oceans and inland watersheds that sustain them.
This position will be working under our Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) initiative. The Habitat Restoration & Events Intern will be responsible for organizing, implementing, and improving SPAWN’s habitat restoration program as well as recruiting volunteers and leading weekly habitat restoration volunteer workdays. The Restoration Intern will gain technical skills in riparian ecology, native and invasive plant identification, native plant propagation, and fisheries biology. The position will also include training in restoration techniques and field methods.
Terms of Employment:
• Project Duration: 12 weeks (minimum)
o Two week trial period and possibility for internship extension after 12 week evaluation
• Total hours: 40 hours/week
• Compensation: stipend unavailable; cost-free housing may be available (space limited)
• Riparian habitat restoration: native planting, invasive species removal, weeding, and maintenance
• Researching and brainstorming ideas to develop and improve restoration program
• Native plant nursery upkeep: seed collection, propagation, transplanting, and organization
• Volunteer recruitment and coordination
• Data entry and database management
• Biweekly posting on organization blog
• Experience or interest in watershed ecology, fisheries biology, botany, and/or environmental studies
• Experience in fieldwork and/or habitat restoration
• Ability to work outside in varying terrain and weather conditions– including in proximity to poison oak
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently and organize oneself
• Ability to use PC or Mac proficiently (Microsoft Office)
• Ability to project a positive image with community
• Valid driver’s license (own vehicle a plus)